Mahavir Nirvan 0ct 08 Newsletter
Mahavir Nirvan - Oct. 08
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Mahavir Nirvan (Diwali) Celebration - Oct. 28th, 2009
As you are enjoying the fruits of past months Paryushan/Das Lakshan spiritual
cleansing, soon we will be celebrating Mahavir Nirvan (official date is Oct. 28th - same date as Diwali).
Celebrated on the new-moon day of Kartik, Mahavir attained Nirvana
(attained liberation). Mahavir
discarded the body and the bondage of karmas that night at Pavapuri. The celebration involves fasting, recitals of
hymns and reading of Uttaradhyayan Sutra, which contains the final message of
Lord Mahavir. In the early morning of
the first day of the new year, Gandhar Gautam Swami, the first disciple of Lord
Mahavir, attained absolute enlightenment.
Click here to read on life and teachings of Mahavir. [more]
See if you can take some time off from work or go to work late and
visit your temple on the morning of Oct. 28th, 2008. Also, please invite local college students to your home for Diwali puja, festivities, and of course dinner!
Feats During Paryushan:
JSMC (Jain Society of Metropolitan Chicago) has a vibrant and spiritually active Jain
community. One young Jain, Eva Mehta, a
17 year old from Chicago fasted for 34 days. A total of 44 people in Chicago
fasted for 8 to 16 days.
Call to All Jain Scholars - $8,000 Scholarship
international Summer School for Jain Studies (ISSJS) is inviting applications for 2009. If you are a student or an
instructor at a university or research institution, please let your
colleagues in department of religion and related departments know about
this opportunity. [more]
YJA Elects New Board Members
A new talented and energetic team under the leadership to two co-chairs
(Sonia Ghelani and Ami Doshi) has been selected. The team includes Mitesh Shah
(GA) - Dir. of Project Development, Shardule Shah (MA) - Dir. of Education,
Vaishali Shah - Dir. of Public Relations, Sumeet Bhandari (AZ) - Dir. of IT,
Rajiv Vakhani (NY) - Dir. of Finance, Sheenika Shah (CA) - Dir. of
Publications, Naman Jain (MA) - Dir. of Events.
Regional coordinators include: Kunal Shah (IL) – Midwest, Sonia Shah
(MA) – Northeast, Paras Shah (TX) – South; Sejal Shah (GA) – Southeast; Suraj
Shah (CA) – West and Pathik Shah (MD) - Mid-Atlantic. [more]
JAINA Campus Outreach Initiative Launched:
The new initiative is to bring together Jain students with their
local Jain center and community. The
committee headed by Ashok Domadia, is developing resources, books, and steps to
start new organizations on campus.
Please encourage your college kids to share a Jain Way of Life on
campus with other Jains and mingle with local Jain families. For more
information visit www.jaina.org or
Jain Prayer at Ohio Statehouse
On September 19, 2008
a Jain prayer was recited by H.H Bhattarak Shri Devendrakeerthi Swamiji of Shri Hombuja Jain Math, India at the Ohio Statehouse
which was well received by the people who attended the prayer services. This is
a historical event for all Jains worldwide
and particularly Jains in North America. If you would like to have similar resolution
event at your location, please contact Dr. Tansukh Salgia Founder member and
Past President of JAINA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When Someone asks you "What is Jainism" (The Elevator Pitch!)
For thousands of years,
Jains have been practicing vegetarianism, yoga, meditation, and
environmentalism. Jains have three core practices: Non-Violence,
Non-Absolutism, and Non-Possessiveness (Ahimsa, Anekantvad, and Aparigraha
Non-Violence is compassion and forgiveness in thoughts,
words, and deeds towards all living beings. For this reason, Jains
Absolutism is respecting views of others. Jains
encourage dialog and harmony with other faiths.
Non-Possessiveness is the balancing of needs and desires,
while staying detached from our possessions.
believe in the existence of a Soul – in each living being – which is
eternal and divine.
JAIN WAY OF LIFE (JWOL) respects and honors all living beings through the
Non-Violence, Non-Absolutism, and Non-Possessiveness. We are all interdependent
and, by living a JAIN WAY OF LIFE (JWOL), we can bring peace and spirituality to our lives and to those
around us. [more]
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